Follow Me on Pinterest
Latest Pins:

Posts By Author » Debra Saunders

Big Hole in Big-Oil Lawsuit
  6 Mar 2014     12:04 am

The story starts with a former journalist and Harvard Law School graduate who wanted to improve conditions for Ecuadorean people living in the Amazon rain forest, polluted by a big oil company. In 2011, attorney Steven Donziger won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. But don’t expect a happy ending for his clients.

On Tuesday, Lewis Kaplan, a federal judge in New York, ruled that the Chevron judgment was “procured by fraud” and later covered up by “half-truths.” Donziger’s legal team “submitted fraudulent evidence,” paid off a court-appointed “global expert” …

   View More...

Betsy Ross, Meet Cinco de Mayo
  4 Mar 2014     12:03 am

Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., set out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in 2010 in a “spirit of cultural appreciation.” It didn’t work out that way.

Some students decided they wanted to celebrate by wearing shirts with the American flag. Other students objected. A student warned an administrator she thought there would be problems. Fearing for the safety of students wearing red, white and blue, administrators asked those teens to turn their shirts inside out or go home under an excused leave.
Three students — minors known as M.D., …

   View More...

New Order in the Court: Dress Like a Professional
  2 Mar 2014     12:02 am

The first thing you should know is that I’m guilty. I am a part-time professional dress code offender. I wear jeans to work when I don’t plan on interviewing anyone that day. I used to keep a pair of flip-flops under my desk. For all I know, they’re still there, buried under something else. When I told co-workers I’d have to confess to my sartorial sins, I thought they’d tell me: Nonsense, you always dress well. I was wrong.

In my defense, I clean up well for editorial board meetings.
I like …

   View More...

The Good War and the Bad Afghan Leader
  27 Feb 2014     12:02 am

President Barack Obama called Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s bluff Tuesday.
Obama let it be known that because Karzai is unlikely to sign a bilateral security agreement — essential to keeping some U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014 — he had asked the Pentagon to work on a plan to withdraw all troops before 2015.

Obama has good reason to want to cut Karzai off at the knees. Karzai won’t sign the security agreement despite unanimous support from the Loya Jirga, a council of elders with political say in Afghanistan. He released 65 …

   View More...

The Experts Agree; If You Don’t, Shut Up
  25 Feb 2014     12:04 am

It is a happy conceit in the climate change community that true believers are sophisticated, fact-based practitioners of science and that skeptics essentially are a bunch of superstitious nitwits who refuse to respect the — all bow — climate change consensus.

If that were true, you would expect the science-loving know-it-alls to welcome opportunities to challenge the arguments of “deniers” of global warming. To the contrary, climate change groups have been engaging in a spirited battle to muzzle dissenters and pressure news organizations not to publish skeptical opinion.
Last week, Charles Krauthammer, …

   View More...

Gap’s Minimum Wage Move Adds Twist to Debate
  23 Feb 2014     12:02 am

On the day that Facebook paid $19 billion for the aptly named WhatsApp, San Francisco’s Gap Inc. announced it would raise its minimum wage for American employees to $9 per hour this year and $10 per hour in 2015. The announcement probably won’t make a dent in the income inequality gap in the Bay Area, but at least it showed some upward movement for low-wage workers outside the Golden State.

According to Gap CEO Glenn Murphy, politics had nothing to do with the move. He wrote on the Gap website that …

   View More...

Liberal Plutocrats and Their Personal Campaigns
  20 Feb 2014     12:05 am

Let the reader beware. At a recent confab at a billionaire’s ranch, an elite gathering of business titans agreed to spend $100 million — thanks to legal loopholes that allow them to skirt federal campaign contribution limits — to elect like-minded politicians who will help them halt the wheels of government, move their party further from the political center and thwart the will of the American people.

Billionaire Tom Steyer invited fellow liberal plutocrats to his Pescadero, Calif., ranch, where he challenged them to produce $50 million — to match $50 …

   View More...

Calls on Airliners Are Annoying, but Must We Legislate Them?
  16 Feb 2014     12:02 am

I have found the issue that can bring America together. Republicans and Democrats, urban hipsters and country folk, corporate scions and infrequent fliers — they all seem to agree: The federal government must not allow mobile phone use on planes.

If the Federal Communications Commission allows airlines with properly equipped planes to open the cellphone gates on commercial flights, even Washington agrees there will be revolts in the friendly skies.
On Tuesday, by a bipartisan voice vote, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill, the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on …

   View More...

The Clintons In The War On Women
  11 Feb 2014     12:03 am

Do Americans want another Clinton in the White House? As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flirts with running in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also a potential White House candidate, has put an interesting spin on Bill Clinton’s White House years. Democrats shouldn’t accuse the GOP of waging a “war on women,” he recently told “Meet the Press,” because President Clinton was a “sexual predator” with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

The next skirmish in the war on the war on women came from the Washington Free Beacon, which reported on …

   View More...

Affordable Care Act — Paying More to Work Less
  9 Feb 2014     12:02 am

In 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the Affordable Care Act as a bill “not only about the health security of America; it’s about jobs. In its life, it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”

A newly released Congressional Budget Office analysis reported that Obamacare is expected to shrink the workforce by 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024. So you can stow that Pelosi quote in the warehouse of discarded Obamacare promises. Grab a forklift, and you can park it behind President Barack Obama’s pledge, “If you like …

   View More...

Heroin and Marijuana Aren’t Equally Dangerous
  6 Feb 2014     12:02 am

The apparent heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman already has become a hockey puck in the war over the war on drugs. During a House subcommittee hearing on federal marijuana policy Tuesday, critics of the war on drugs hammered a White House drug official for putting too much emphasis on marijuana when Washington instead should focus on dangerous drugs that actually kill users.

“What is more dangerous and addictive,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., asked the White House’s deputy director of drug control policy, Michael Botticelli, methamphetamine and cocaine or …

   View More...

Woody Allen’s War on Women
  4 Feb 2014     12:04 am

The real “war on women” isn’t happening in Washington; it is happening in Hollywood and New York or wherever men such as Woody Allen and Roman Polanski sit in a director’s chair and are feted as great artists and hence great men. As Elizabeth Taylor once said, “success is a great deodorant.”

Over the weekend, Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, 28, wrote an open letter that appeared on The New York Times’ website. She repeated a charge she made in 1992 when she was 7, that her adoptive father “sexually assaulted” …

   View More...

Bay Bridge: Too Big to Fail
  2 Feb 2014     12:02 am

If the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were a football team, the coach would have been fired; the quarterback would have been dropped from the team; and the remaining athletes would have felt a pinch in their endorsement income.

But because the new eastern span was a government project that ran four times over budget and took more than twice as long to complete than was expected — and the retrofit required a retrofit even before it was open to the public — no individual will lose his job; no contractor will …

   View More...

Health Reform or Musical Chairs?
  30 Jan 2014     12:02 am

President Barack Obama delivered a good State of the Union address Tuesday night, but he couldn’t get past an inconvenient truth: He means well, but his schemes don’t work.

Democrats championed the Affordable Care Act to increase the number of Americans with health coverage, but their plan led to the cancellation of private plans for about 5 million Americans, according to The Associated Press. Unless they qualify for subsidies, many now face higher premiums, often for plans that limit access to doctors.
“More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private …

   View More...

The War on ‘Rich’ People
  28 Jan 2014     12:06 am

It is always in poor taste for modern Americans to liken their ideological critics to Nazis. So when venture capitalist Tom Perkins wrote a letter to The Wall Street Journal that equated “the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,’” with “fascist Nazi Germany,” he opened his double doors to the cable TV umbrage-fest that followed.

I have a teensy bit of advice for Perkins: When your reported worth is somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 billion, you don’t need to wrap quotes around the word “rich.”
In three …

   View More...

Wet Beach-Blanket Bingo Is Bad for Bonfires, Dude
  26 Jan 2014     12:02 am

Being a Californian confers certain benefits. Foremost among them is the knowledge that even if you don’t surf, even if you don’t spend a lot of time at the beach, even if you never have been to a beach bonfire party, if you ever should feel the urge to shout “Surf’s up!” or toast marshmallows or do the Watusi at a fireside beach party, you can do so at one of the Golden State’s public beaches.

It doesn’t matter where you live or whom you know or how much money you …

   View More...

The Happy State of Gov. Jerry Brown
  23 Jan 2014     12:02 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown is in an enviable position. He delivered a State of the State address Wednesday that did not require hand-wringing about ugly shortfalls and painful cuts for public schools. As he prepares to run for re-election, he doesn’t even need to announce that he is running for re-election. No Democrat dares challenge the 75-year-old incumbent.

Sure, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants Brown to spend more on big-government programs. Still, Steinberg mildly told reporters that any differences entail “matters of degree.”
Republicans know Brown’s weaknesses. …

   View More...

Conservative Latinas Need Not Apply Here
  21 Jan 2014     12:03 am

The Hollywood blacklist, according to Wikipedia, is the term for “the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations.” The blacklist spirit is alive and living in San Francisco, but here and now the enemies of free thought have a new question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

Last week, actress Maria Conchita Alonso resigned her role in a Mission District Spanish-language production of “The Vagina Monologues,” after …

   View More...

Would You Trust the System if Your Kid Were On Trial?
  19 Jan 2014     12:02 am

Clarence Aaron described his time in federal prison serving life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction as “a walking death sentence on” his head. Before President Barack Obama commuted his sentence last month, Aaron faced a longer sentence than some fellow inmates with multiple felonies — even murder.

Aaron was hardly the only nonviolent offender sentenced to life without parole. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union reported that more than 2,000 federal inmates were serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses.
How can a nonviolent first-time offender be sentenced …

   View More...

Who Wants to Lose to Gov. Jerry Brown?
  16 Jan 2014     12:03 am

How near death is the California Republican Party? It’s this bad. Democrats hold every statewide office. Term limits have opened up a few offices; still, no serious Republican plans to run for attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer or controller this year. If the lead Democrat for any of those offices were to die in September, there would be no Republican in the race to win in November.

A dead person or a nut job could win such a race.
Right now, two Republicans are fighting over the honor of losing to Gov. …

   View More...

Advertisement
Featured Video

Protesters Throw Rocks at MSNBC’s Chris Hayes as Tension Escalate in Ferguson

php developer india
Around The Web
Advertisement
Previous Features

Ads

Ted Nugent’s Davy Crockett Rant
Politically Correct Fairy Tales
The 50 Greatest Bad-Ass Action Movie Quotes Of All-Time
The Top 25 C.S. Lewis Quotes
5 Black Swans That Could Obliterate America’s Future
7 Reasons Marriage Is Falling Apart in America
Advertisement
User Info